Rollerball (2002)

Get In The Game.

Original Title : Rollerball
Director : John McTiernan
Writer : William Harrison
William Harrison
Larry Ferguson
John Pogue
Genre : Action
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : John McTiernan , Charles Roven , Beau St. Clair , Michael Tadross
Music : Eric Serra
Photography : Steve Mason
Distributor : Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corporation (MGM) [us]
MPAA Rating : Rated PG-13 for violence, extreme sports action, sensuality, language and some drug references.
IMDB ID : 0246894
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ÂChris Klein Jonathan Cross
ÂJean Reno Alexis Petrovich
ÂJean Reno Alexis Petrovich


Johnathan Cross, a lover of extreme sports, is recruited by Alexi Petrovich to star in his sportive invention, Rollerball. Johnathan accepts and learns the ropes of Rollerball: The players are on Rollerblades, trying to bring a heavy metal ball into a high goal. Also, there are motorcyclists around to bring momentum to the players. Oh yes, and there are no rules in the game. During his skyrocketing career, Johnathan has to experience what Alexi has found out: Blood brings more viewing pleasure to the audience. So, Alexi starts to bribe members of the different teams to cause more trouble than necessary on the field, and the viewers love it. Only a little later, Johnathan's life is already in extreme danger as well as those of his friends and teammates. In a final game, Johnathan and his team have to fight for mere survival against their real opponent - their boss Alexi Petrovich.


Why is this movie rated R? I just got through seeing this movie for the second time and as much as I like Rebecca Romjin-Stamos, I still don't like the movie too much, but I have to admit that some of the action scenes are sort of impressive. On the DVD box, it says the movie is rated R, yet I can seem to figure out why. The amount of violence and blood is about the same as a PG-13 movie and even though Rebecca Romjin-Stamos gets naked, you can't see anything since it's so dark. Having it be rated R is a mistake since the target audience for this movie is probably boys 13 and under. Anyway, though it's not a masterpiece or anything, I still find the movie to be mildly entertaining and worthy of at least two stars. The movie isn't anything special, but the actors do a good job and the special effects are cool. It's one of those movies that I will rent again, but I won't be buying it any time soon.
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